Triton Knoll cable makes landfall as installation progresses

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Triton Knoll offshore wind farm has installed the first 25km length of subsea offshore export cable from its landfall connection at Anderby Creek, establishing a first point of contact between the onshore and offshore infrastructures.

Contractor Boskalis, in a consortium with NKT, is continuing with cable installation throughout the summer in order to complete the full offshore circuit of two lengths of 3-core export cable, linking the two offshore substation platforms to the onshore electrical network. Once complete, each circuit will be capable of transmitting the high voltage electricity generated by the wind farm’s 90 turbines back to the shore 50km away, and ultimately into UK homes and businesses.

The offshore export cables are just one part of the wider offshore electrical system, and connect into two Offshore Substation Platforms, which have both now been installed over 50kms off the coast of Lincolnshire. Inter array cabling, which links the turbines to the offshore substation, will follow during the summer, ahead of turbine installation in early 2021.

Julian Garnsey, Triton Knoll and innogy project director, said: “This is a very welcome achievement for all those on the project who have worked tirelessly to help us stay on track, despite some serious challenges, not least of all the impacts of Covid19.”

“It’s great to see the onshore and offshore assets coming together now, and its thanks to our teams and contractors that Triton Knoll is becoming an increasingly physical presence offshore. It’s also a big thank you to the local community that has worked with us throughout the construction works to date.

“In less than a year’s time, Triton Knoll expects to generate our first electricity, and will become a hugely important asset supporting the UK’s drive to make low carbon electricity the backbone of its energy industry.”

Located 32 km off the coast of Lincolnshire in the east of England,
Triton Knoll is owned by innogy (59%), J-Power (25%), and Kansai Electric Power (16%) with innogy managing the construction as well as long-term operation and maintenance works, on behalf of its project partners. It is expected to produce first power in 2021. Once fully operational, it will be capable of generating enough renewable energy to power the equivalent of over 800,000 typical UK households.

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